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Preparing for a recruitment interview

Jobs in recruitment offer competitive salaries, extensive training and various career opportunities. This has led to a career in recruitment becoming a popular choice for university graduates and experienced professionals, searching for an exciting and stimulating line of work.

As with any job interview, preparation is vital. Research the company in some depth. Look at their website, latest news and careers section. Establish an understanding of what they do along with their company vision and values.

The interviewee should be ready to answer a range of questions and prepared to ask their own. To ensure you are prepared for your recruitment consultant interview, Amanda Wright have compiled a list of typical Recruitment interview questions.

Questions to prepare for:

•    Tell me about yourself
•    Why do you want to work in the recruitment industry?
•    Why do you want to work for us?
•    What do you know about the company?
•    What relevant experiences and qualifications do you have?
•    What are your strengths?
•    What are your weaknesses?
•    Why do you think you would be a good recruitment consultant?
•    What is your understanding of the role?
•    Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
•    Why should we hire you over another candidate?
•    What can you contribute to the company?
•    Have you applied for any other positions?
•    Have you had any interviews with other Recruitment consultancies?
•    How would your previous employer describe you?
•    What are your greatest achievements?
•    When have you worked towards targets?
•    When have you demonstrated persuasive skills?
•    Give an example of a difficult situation you have been in and how you dealt with it?
•    How would your friends/family describe you?
•    Why are you looking to leave your current role?

When given the opportunity to ask your own questions, at the end of the interview, ensure you do! This is your chance to ask intelligent questions to figure out if the role is the right fit for you. It will also demonstrate further, to the employer, your interest in the position.

Questions to ask the employer:

•    Where do you see the company going in the next 3 years?
•    Will I receive any training?
•    Is there opportunities for progression within the company?
•    How will my performance be measured?
•    Why is the position available?
•    What is the company’s management style?
•    How many people will be working in my team?
•    What is the next stage in the interview process?
•    When will I hear from you
•    Tell me about your commission structure?
•    What is your top biller taking home as an OTE?

At the end of the interview ensure you thank the employer for their time and for considering you for the position.

Here are some of our interview tips:

•    Find the interview location on Google Maps so there is no confusion on the day
•    Don’t be late! Make sure you arrive 10 minutes early
•    Bring copies of your CV
•    Bring any useful evidence such as sales figures
•    Be enthusiastic
•    Dress appropriately – business attire
•    Don’t smoke before the interview
•    Don’t swear
•    Don’t chew gum
•    Be confident!

Finally, good luck with your Recruitment job interview!


Mark | Tue 17th Nov 2015


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